A brief guide to the NME Lock-In

Sea Girls and BLOXX play the next event on May 3, in association with 19 Crimes wines

If a bunch of grimy rock urchins turned up at your place of work, rearranged the furniture into a rudimentary stage and started hammering out oxyacetylene rock’n’roll at window-quaking volume, your security would have them face down in the gutter outside in minutes, right?

Well not us. Since NME moved into an actual rock bunker two storeys below the South Bank, we’ve turned the place into a veritable burrow of rock’n’roll mayhem. We got a bar, lighting rig and sound system installed, called the venue Minus 2 and started hosting our very own invite-only gigs down here. Because we’re the goddam NME, the best new bands in the country can damn well come to us. And we aint even got no windows.

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The deal is simple. For each Lock-In we give away enough tickets on NME.com to ram the place and thrust the greatest rising talent in the UK onto the stage to play their hearts out for them. Sea Girls and BLOXX hit Minus 2 on May 3 for the next NME Lock-In in association with 19 Crimes wines – here’s what you might expect.

Lock-In 1: 9 June 2017, Bang Bang Romeo and Pretty Vicious

The NME Lock-In experience kicked off with a bang, another bang and, indeed, a Romeo. That’s – you guessed it – Bang Bang Romeo, the Sheffield soul rock phenomenon who opened the first Lock-In last summer and very nearly demolished the entire Blue Fin Building with brilliantly brash alt-hits like ‘Chemical’ and ‘Johannesburg’. Welsh garage rock reprobates Pretty Vicious mopped up after them, anthemic future classics like ‘Are You Entertained?’ leaving the awestruck crowd, at the very least, entertained.

 

Pretty Vicious

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Lock-In 2: 28 September 2017, INHEAVEN and Wild Front

Mosh pits, stage invasions… for one night only, the NME office – usually just a set of desks over which an entrenched battle between followers of Kasabian and Dua Lipa is eternally fought – was a miniature Reading & Leeds, but without anyone setting fire to the toilets (we think). All thanks to South London’s immense and inventive INHEAVEN, who stirred the Minus 2 crowd into an office-trashing frenzy, and future titans of shiver-rock, Wild Front.

Lock-In 3: 3 May 2018, Sea Girls and BLOXX

Since Leicestershire’s Sea Girls and their famously wild fans have been ruining venues across the UK and Uxbridge grunge pop wonders BLOXX are fresh from raising the roof at Alexandra Palace in support of The Wombats, the third NME Lock-In with 19 Crimes wines is set to be the loudest, most desk-destroying of them all. Only 35 pairs of tickets are up for grabs via ballot, so snap yours up at NME.com now.